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Jackson chairing International Colloquium on Black Males in Education's global summit in Toronto

October 05, 2017

The International Colloquium on Black Males in Education is having its annual global summit this week, from Oct. 3 to Oct. 6, chaired by UW-Madison's Jerlando Jackson.

The sixth annual global summit, to be attended by researchers, policymakers, parents and students, was featured in a recent article from the Toronto Star.

Jackson is UW-Madison's Vilas Distinguished Professor of Higher Education and the director and chief research scientist of Wisconsin’s Equity and Inclusion Laboratory (Wei LAB), which is housed in the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER). He is a faculty member with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis and and is a Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE) faculty affiliate.

The summit explores topics such as recruiting diverse male teachers, engaging black youth through redesigned curriculum, ways to ​increase graduation rates, workshops for students who are interested in pursuing post-secondary or graduate school and more. 

The summit's "roots" are back in 2009, when Jackson and co-founder James Moore of Ohio State University discovered that the gaps and systemic barriers for black male students were consistent and global. 

Toronto was chosen as the summit's location because its one of the world's most diverse cities. 

"We saw it as a unique place to unpack the divergent experiences from a global perspective," Jackson told the Toronto Star.

Read the full article: "Summit on barriers faced by Black male students comes to Toronto."

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